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NEW Parish magazine - out NOW

October 2018 ISSUE - Cover
Our fondest farewells to Nick and Hazel
October 2018 rear cover
Faith and Grace tackle the Hill Climb

click images to view

Farewell tributes to Nick and Hazel: the road from restoration to retirement - Nick and Hazel Whitehead will leave The Rectory in Shere this month after 8.5 years of immensly successful ministry in our Parish... ...May we wish them God speed!
This and other news:
Rector's Letter and tributes
Bishop blesses the St James' lavatory
Holiday Club report and pictures
All the fun of Peaslake Fair
Sun shines on Shere Hill Climb

The new 96 page Parish Magazine is OUT NOW

5th October 2018

6th November 1946
KLM Airline Accident at Shere

Following up from the feature regarding the KLM airline accident, the above photo has been purchased. Taken by the Award winning press photographer Geoffrey White. He worked from the 1940s through to the 1980s for various publications such as The Daily Graphic, Daily Sketch and The Daily Mail. A highly respected photographer who was given passes to attend major events.

This original 10" x 14" original press photo of the KLM Airline - Dakota crash at Shere (Nov 1946). You can see that Geoff White has hand written on the top left hand side of this photo:

Visit the accident webpage

Train crash - 1934

The final two uncovered photographs belonging to Miss E Frost of Crossing Gate Lodge, Gomshall, dated 1934.

I have tried to enhance the photo's:

You can clearly see a man standing next to the loco.

This may be a clue to the story posted bck in 2009, regarding a train crash thought to be during World War II - Full story below - Was this just a confusion with dates or totally unrelated?

Does anyone know anything about the following story, posted HERE

Crash at Gomshall, Surrey - Second World War?

"My Uncle was a fireman on the Southern Railway. I have a photograph of a smashed up locomotive. The story that has been past down to me over the years is roughly as follows: My Uncle was on the footplate of a freight train, carrying shells in a southern direction through Gomshall station. I am led to believe an express passenger train was given priority and my Uncle's train was diverted off the main line and crashed into a siding at Gomshall. I have trawled the internet and can only find a record of a crash at Gomshall in 1904. This has led to me questioning the story behind the photo I have in my possession. If anyone has any information on the authenticty of this accident I would love to hear from them, and if there is a possible line of investigation I will download a copy of the photo to aid any research" Alan T.

It would be wonderful if we could see the photo that Alan has in his possession - This was posted almost 10 years ago however (2009).

If anyone could help out on this, please contact.

Visit the Gomshall and Shere Train Station webpage

Gomshall and Shere Train Station

Another great photo, again from a disbound album belonging to Miss E Frost of Crossing Gate Lodge, Gomshall under the section 'photos dated 1928-35'

Further photo's can be viewed on the Train Station page

14th September 2018

Railway Crossing and Gate House

Two sepia photographs have emerged, labelled 'Gomshall Lane railway crossing' and 'The Gate House'. From a disbound album belonging to Miss E Frost of Crossing Gate Lodge, Gomshall,
with photos dated 1928-35.

Although labelled 'Gomshall Lane', I assume this is the 'Burrows Lane/Queen Street' crossing - can anyone help to confirm this? If so, please contact me

Further photo's can be viewed on the Train Station page

4th September 2018

Shere - 1921

The Stream - Shere 1921

NEWLY UNCOVERED PHOTO: This 97 year old photo of two ladies sitting on the wall with the Lavender Lady Barn in the background. The First World War Carriage Gun sits next to the Tillingbourne. This gun was placed to commerate the finish of World War 1 and was in place between the two World wars (1918 to 1940). In 1940 the gun was taken away and used as Scrap Iron for the Second World war effort.
The trees are silver birch, not the willow trees we have today. We can also see 'The Pound' with its original gate. There were two gates to the pound. Click photo to view

A view of Middle Street in 1921 will be posted later this week, stay tuned...

The above photo was taken from the opposite direction 10 years later.

12th August 2018

Shere - pre-1900 painting

Painter - Hugh Nisbett 1849 - 1923

Size: 41.2 x 20.6cm (16.2" x 8.1")

Now on sale on e-bay - VIEW

Can anyone identify the cottages in the painting?
e-mail me if you do, love to hear from you.

8th August 2018

Uncovered painting - 1887

1887 - This remarkable story of a painting hidden behind a 'moderist' piece of work. Mr. Karl Donaldson has just contacted me with this fascinating story:
"I found the painting at a boot sale. The frame had no glass but carried a signed print by the artist Mary Stork. The print was still in the original cellophane wrapper. The backing of the frame had been pulled away on one edge and the print pushed in, the cellophane acting as glass - it actually looked terrible and very distorted but had apparently been hanging on the wall like this for some years! - although I suspect it helped preserve the colours on the little gem underneath."

Click on the photo's to view  

"If I may explain further.  A recent acquisition was a small modernist work which had been fitted into a 19th century frame. When I opened the frame I uncovered a lovely impressionist watercolour of a cottage hidden beneath. Suffering from foxing it is nevertheless still crisp with strong colours and clearly undertaken by a talented hand.  The painting is inscribed 'at Shiere' (bottom left) and initialed RJ and dated 87 (undoubtedly for 1887) bottom right."

Early spelling of 'Shere' Initials RJ

The little gem underneath, I recognise as a painting of High House from the wooden footbridge leading from the Swimming Pool field to St. James' Church.

You can see from the illustration below by painter William Biscombe Gardner that the painting is indeed High House Farm

Uncovered painting Similar view by Gardner

The dimensions of the actual painting are approximately 25 x 17 cm

Can anyone help us locate information on the painter 'RJ'? What do the initials 'RJ' stand for?

please e-mail me with any info you may have

2nd August 2018

Lower Street 1889

1889 - This rare 129 year old photo has been uncovered by NI Books in East Sussex of Lower Street looking towards The Square and the Tillingbourne Bridge.

Its a lovely glimpse into Victorian life in Shere with a lady pushing her pram, observed by two villagers and a cart parked on the corner of the Lavender Ladye - Click on the photo's above to view more detail

31st July 2018

The Square - Maypole dance

1904 - Fair in the Square - The annual Shere May festival.

This rare 114 year old postcard gives us a real glimpse back in time. The wonderful fashion of the Edwardian era (1901 – 1910) and a large turnout of villagers watching the Maypole dance. This annual festival was known as 'Fair In The Square'.
In the background we see 'SANDERS, Grocer & Draper' (now 'Shere Shop') with 'Vaughans' to the right.

Click on the above postcard image to see more detail - You can read to the right of the shop name, "Ready made clothing"

24th July 2018

Willow Trees, Lower Street

Willow Trees Lower Street, Shere - the trees have had a haircut:

Shere Parish Council posted the above information entry on on their Facebook page.

The Willow Trees...

... alongside the village stream in Lower Street, were planted in 1953 to commemorate the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II

The above magazine cover photo titled
"Daffodils Under the Willows: Shere, Surrey" appeared in the
13th April 1967 issue - 14 years on.

Visit the SPC FB page to keep up to date with any parish news or head over to the Shere Parish Council website.

8th July 2018

Shere School PTA Summer Fair

Saturday 7th July
11am - 3pm. Shere Recreation Field (Behind the Village Hall)

Shere Infant and Nursery School PTA Summer Fair
combined with 42k, Half Marthon & 10k Event.
Shere Infant and Nursery School FB page | website

This years Shere 42k, half marathon and 10k multiterrain event is open to trail runners, walkers, nordic walkers and canicross. FB page


5h July 2018

Rare Shere postcard uncovered

This rare postcard shows a young girl standing at the Tillingbourne bridge at the end of Middle Street.
Click the above photo to view more detail.

The bridge is a Grade II Listed Building - This and all other listings in Shere can be viewed HERE

6th July 2018

Historic Footbridge - January 1966

Upper Street - January 1966: Thank you to Wendy Lydall for sharing this photo with us - Added to the Historical Footbridge web page

27th June 2018

TODAY - 24th June
8 page guide

1 week to go...
... Exclusive, 40th Anniversary Garden Map revealed

When: Sunday 24th June 2018 - click on map for larger image
See Garden Details below

17th June 2018

Shere Open Gardens 2018
- 40th Anniversary

This is a huge celebration for the village of Shere, the 40th Anniversary of the Shere Open Gardens event, organised to raise money for a variety of village charities.

When: Sunday 24th June 2018

Where:  Shere, off A25 half way between Guildford and Dorking

Time:  2pm – 6pm

FREE Parking: provided (well signposted)

Refreshment:  Teas served at the Village Hall

Entry: Adults: £7; OAPs/over 65's: £6; Children under 16: FREE. 
Tickets are available at the village hall and selected gardens, ask parking attendants for the nearest point.
No dogs (other than Guide Dogs)

Shere Open Gardens
Official Website
Shere Open Gardens
Facebook page
18th May 2018

1968 - Do Not Adjust Your Set - Sir David Jason (OBE) as 'CAPTAIN FANTASTIC' in Shere.. with a huge robot - 50 years ago!!

above photo: Sir David Jason OBE - © (Image: Surrey Advertiser)

Do Not Adjust Your Set was a British TV comedy sketch series produced originally by Thames Television (Rediffusion, London). Transmitted on the ITV channel from 26 December 1967 to 14 May 1969. The series starred members of the yet to be created "Monty Pythons Flying Circus" (two years before): Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin. Also starring was Denise Coffey, Sir David Jason OBE and the 'Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band'.

This sketch was fimed in Shere with David Jason playing 'Captain Fantastic', some 50 years ago - The programme's first series was directed Humphrey Barclay (born in Dorking) Humphrey was also known for producing the BBC radio series, I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again and TV's Desmond's, Two's Company and Look Back in Anger.

VIEW ALL 17 images of the filming at Shere from the getSURREY gallery -

Read the full article at getSURREY's website

12th May 2018


Full clip on YouTube

NEW Parish magazine - out NOW

May 2018 ISSUE - Cover
Bluebells on the Downs
May 2018 rear cover
All smiles for SALV's new Chairman

click images to view

NEWS that Nick and Hazel Whitehead are to retire and leave our Parish on September 30th - This and other news:
STOP PRESS: Rector to retire
May Day & Mayday! The Rev Rosemary Mason
Changes to doctors' team at Shere Surgery
The floral glory of Easter

The new 92 page Parish Magazine is OUT NOW

27th April 2018

5 reasons to Fall in Love with Shere


27th April 2018

Milestone - 125,000 page visits

Thank you to everyone

Our Village website, www.sheredelight.com, reached One Hundred and Twenty Five Thousand visitors (125,000) on Thursday 26th April 2018. Since the start of this website in July 2011, the vsitor numbers have been accelerating year on year. Having reached a landmark number of 100,000 in Feb 2017, we now have 25% more visitors in just over a year. Google "Shere" and this website ranks top of the list at number 3, with "Shere - Wikipedia" listed first. An amazing achievement considering that we do not advertise or pay for web rankings. Its all due to everyone who visits the website or searches for "Shere", so thank you to every visitor for your support, 125,000 thank you's. Tristan

27th April 2018

Benjamin Williams Leader
- Pencil drawings

There has been a lot of paintings, illustrations and sketches going to auction of late and here is another amazing find. This time by one of England's most outstanding late Victorian landscape and coastal painters. Famous for his paintings of St. James' Church, Benjamin is buried in the churchyard, along with his family.

Going under the hammer at Gerrards Auction Rooms on
May 3rd 2018 - Medium: Pencil - Size: 5.5 x 8.3/4 Inches


22nd April 2018

Edwin Adam Proctor 1898

I stumbled across this on twitter and immediately knew where this location was - The 120 year old painting, titled 'Watering at the Village Ford', painted s&d 1898. I'll try and find out more about this, but for now here is the link:

31st March 2018

Albury Village

This excellent History Society website, from our neighbouring village, ALBURY. A great source of information.


31st March 2018

Shere Pound - 17th/18th March

Goal to raise money for a memorial bench in Shere.

As first reported in this months Shere Parish magazine (Page 31), Sasha Cook is planning to raise enough money to purchase a memorial bench in Shere so we can all remember Ben her late brother, Ben Cook. Sasha has started a business in order to raise £2,000 and is setting up a ‘pop up’ shop in the Pound this weekend. Please try and come along to support the family.


15th March 2018

Shere 1920-30

This amazing photo of Middle Street was taken sometime between 1920 and 1930.

A huge thanks to Bill for allowing us to display and enjoy his Grandfathers photo of our village.
photo ©George T. Collis, all rights reserved.

Photographs page

12th March 2018

Paintings of Shere, up for Auction

Local Art Dealer's Collection Going under the hammer at Ewbank's
Oils, Watercolours and Prints from single owner on sale in March 22nd.

Ewbank’s, Surrey’s leading auction house, has a fascinating collection of almost 50 paintings, mostly depicting Shere and the Surrey Hills, going on sale as part of its Fine Art auction on March 22nd.

Two paintings, out of the collection for auction:
Knapps Cottage (left) and Tudor Cottage (right)

This single-owner collection was put together over almost 20 years by Stephen Furniss, an antiques dealer who was based in Shere from the early 1980s until 2000. It was during his time in the village that Furniss began his collection of local views in oils and watercolours, as well as a handful of prints. Prior to moving to Shere, he worked at Bonhams Auctioneers throughout the 1970s, where he worked his way from a porter, to head of the collectors’ department. CONTINUE READING

The auction is on Thursday 22nd March 2018 at 10am and the full catalogue will be online from 9th March 2018.

Live internet bidding through:
 and www.ewbankauctions.co.uk

Ewbank’s: 01483 223101 or email: valuations@ewbankauctions.co.uk 

2nd March 2018


9th March 2018

Shere Museum

Shere Museum has a new website: https://www.sheremuseum.co.uk.

Additional pages and features such as the volunteers' rota and social media interface are currently in development and will be added in the as part of the next phase. Thanks to Shere resident, Anna Kingston for her devotion and expertise in creating the new website and to the Museum Trustees and Management Committee for their tireless work in making it all happen.

Shere Museum

27th February 2018

Nigel is still missing

Nigel is still missing from his home in Pathfields, Shere. If anyone knows of his whereabouts or has kindly taken him in, please drop us a note.

Please e-mail if you have news - Thank you.


25th February 2018

1957 - The Hypnotist

Having posted last week about the continuing uncovering of unknown films where Shere is the film location,

I can reveal that the 1957, The Hypnotist (also known as Scotland Yard Dragnet) has also come to light. Starring the original Doctor Who actor, William Hartnell.

View more scenes and thanks to: REELSTREETS

FILM PAGE | Details added to the FILM page

18th February 2018

1948 - Dick Barton Special Agent

I am staggered at just how many more films get uncovered where our village has been used as a film location.
This time the 1948 film Dick Barton Special Agent

Car drives down Lower Street, turns left into Middle Street, over the Tillingbourne.

Following scene, the car pulls up outside Bodryn in Middle Street

FILM PAGE | Details added to the FILM page

8th February 2018

Parish Magazine, Full-colour issue

The very first issue of the January 2018 Parish Magazine to be produced and printed in full-colour. Up until the end of last year, the Parish Magazine's front, rear and four centre pages were printed in colour. As of January 2018, the magazine will be produced and printed in full-colour throughout.

Following up on December 2017 issue: AWARD WINNERS

Best content in the 2017 National Parish Magazine Awards

January 2018 - click to read | - Ref: Page 4 of the December 2017 issue

Parish Magazine

January 2018

Parish Magazine
- Award

Congratulations to Shere, Peaslake and Gomshall Parish Magazine Editor, Tim Austin and his team for the 'Best content' in the 2017 National Parish Magazine Awards

December 2017 - click to read | - See page 5 of the January 2018 issue

Parish Magazine

January 2018

1856 Painting - AT SHERE SURREY

This 'oil on canvas' painting by Frederick William Hulme (1816-1884) is up for auction: saleroom - VIEW - titled 'At Shere Surrey'


15th November 2017

1951 - The Late Edwina Black

Thanks again to Steve Cook who uncoveres another film featuring scenes of Shere (St. James' and The Square).

1951 British drama film, directed by Maurice Elvey and starring David FarrarGeraldine Fitzgerald and Roland Culver and released in 1951.

The USA version of the film was titled ' Obsessed'

FILM PAGE | Details and photo's added to the FILM page

Thanks Steve for uncovering this film - two films in as many weeks (see other film details on the 27th September entry below)

21st October 2017

Upcoming Shere Cinema

Some great upcoming Films, starting with 'The Thomas Crown Affair" which is a SPECIAL FUNDRAISING EVENT - SHERE MUSEUM

Saturday, 28th October at 7pm at the Shere Village Hall. Come along to enjoy delicious New York style street food followed by a special screening of the classic film, The Thomas Crown Affair starring Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway. Bring your own bottle and soft drinks will be on sale - SOLD OUT


1st October 2017

Boris Karloff - 60's Horror Film made in Shere

Thanks go to Shere resident Steve Cook for uncovering this Horror Film partially filmed in Shere. The 1965 'Die Monster Die' (UK tile: 'Monsters of Terror') starring horror legend Boris Karloff.

Shere played host to ficticious village ARKHAM and was filmed at various locations in the village (The Square, Lower Street, Middle Street and St. James').

FILM PAGE | Details and photo's added to the FILM page

27th September 2017

Painting - Auction

Painter: JOHN NOBLE BARLOW (1861-1917)

Location: Is this the bridge at the bottom of Lower Street? Anyone have any ideas. The title and exact date of painting is unknown but this is an oil on canvas and its up for AUCTION:

Estimate value £300 - £500 - LOT 512, The Saleroom

VIEW AUCTION | Added to the paintins page archive

12th September 2017

Forrest Stores - 1932

Post Office and Forrest Stores - 1932
Ivy Cottage on the right hand corner (Note the cobbled pavement outside the stores)

You can order prints of various sizes, e-cards etc from the Official Francis Frith Website - photo ©The Francis Frith Collection.

Order HERE


7th September 2017

Summer break is over

I hope everyone had a great Summer.

As schools have now just resumed, I uncovered this photot of the Shere School children from 1942:


These B/W prints - 6.5" x 4.5" prints can be purchased from:

Historic Pictures
Four Oaks
Royal Sutton Coldfield
West Midlands
B75 6DJ
United Kingdom

Email: historicpictures@mail.com

Also available from Historic Pictures is this 1943 photo of the First Aid Post at the Old Prison in Lower Street:

Regular postings to this Shere website will resume again this week, so please keep on checking in.


5th September 2017

Holiday Club

The Churches of Shere, Albury & Chilworth Annual HOLIDAY CLUB


August 2017

Shere Open Gardens

OPEN GARDENS PAGE | Official SOG Facebook page

25th June 2017

NEW Parish magazine out NOW

July 2017 ISSUE - Cover
The sun shines on Shere's Street Party
July 2017 rear cover
Sarah meets the Archbishop - and Bishop!

click images to view

92 pages packed full of local Parish News, includes:
Lenses on life and faith
With the Archbishop and Pentecost
Shere and Peaslake Schools expansion
Peaslake Open Gardens in colour

The new 92 page Parish Magazine is OUT NOW

23rd June 2017

Shere Street Party 2017

The Shere Street Party - Saturday June 17th

3rd June 2017

Summer 2017

Summer is here - 36 hanging baskets now in the village. From The Museum in Gomshall Lane down to Middle Street, Lower Street and The Square. Thanks to Shere Parish Council for their support as well as all who participated in helping make our village even prettier this summer.

4 Fire Station baskets and planting outside the entrance

The pound, centre planting and two metal planters

4th June 2017

Shere Village 1910

The Square - Shere Village in 1910

3rd June 2017

Shere Village Cinema

LION June 1st 2017 - DETAILS

1st June 2017

Shere Village School

With the sad closure of the Shere Village Nursery providing affordable early years provision,

the Governors of Shere School decided to apply to the diocese to lower the age of entry into the school and create a nursery provision. The great news is that the diocese has given Schere School permission to open the nursery in the schools 175th year.

Without a Nursery, Shere School won’t get the numbers required to make it a sustainable school in the future, particularly with tightened budgets each year. There is an urgent need to raise funds to complete the building works so that the school is be able to offer the best for the new Nursery...

VISIT Shere Party website | Shere Party FB page

...the Shere Street Party is going to be one of these ways to help raise funds quickly. If we could help publicise and draw as many people to the event as possible around the catchment from Dorking, Cranleigh to Guildford and surrounding vilages to achieve as big a spread as possible, then that would be very helpful.

View Shere Promo video

Visit the Shere Infant and Nursery School FB page

27th May 2017

NEW Parish magazine - out NOW

June 2017 ISSUE - Cover
Go-ahead for Nursery at Shere School
June 2017 rear cover
Stars shine brightly at Music Festival

click images to view

92 pages packed full of local Parish News, includes:
Elections & Jesus; the Rev Andrew Pearson
Mikes long path to Ordination
Fircroft's summer art extravaganza

The new 92 page Parish Magazine is OUT NOW

26th May 2017

2017 Shere Open Gardens

The countdown has begun... Shere Open Gardens 2017
View the Shere Open gardens website or visit the

Official Shere Open Gardens Facebook page

Organised to raise money for a variety of village charities, 2017 marks the 39th Open Gardens event in Shere.

When: Sunday 25th June 2017

Where:  Shere, off A25 half way between Guildford and Dorking

Time:  2pm – 6pm

Parking: provided (well signposted)

Refreshment:  Teas served in the Village Hall

Entry: Adults: £7; OAPs/over 60: £6; Children under 16: FREE. 
Tickets are available at the village hall and selected gardens, ask parking attendants for the nearest point.
No dogs (other than Guide Dogs)

26th May 2017

Annual Parish Meeting

Shere Parish Council - Annual Parish Meeting: May 25th 2017
VISIT the Shere Parish Council Facebook page

24th May 2017

Sir Roger Moore

Sad news that Hollywood legend, Sir Roger Moore passed away. Roger Moore spent quite some time filming here in Shere back in 1990. Famed for his roles as 'Ivanhoe', 'The Saint', 'James Bond', 'The Wild Geese' and many many films before becoming an ambassador all over the world with UNICEF

Not many villages can boast that two major film stars, Sir Michael Caine and Sir Roger Moore, spent time filming in the centre of Shere. The White Horse was turned into a bank. The film was also directed by Hollywood Film Director, Michael Winner.

This is the second James Bond leading actor that has appeared in Shere. The first actor being Sean Connery filming some 30 years earlier for the 1961 film, On the Fiddle.


23rd May 2017

STOP PRESS: OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS also go to the victims families and friends of the Manchester bombings.

23rd May 2017

White Horse 1897

Following on from the posting of 14th May, Another 'Lantern Glass Slide' has been uncovered - SHERE. "THE WHITE HORSE":

Click on the above Lantern Slide to reveal a clear view of the slide.

Added to the White Horse Inn webpage

Thanks again to Aistair

22nd May 2017

Shere Village Cinema

Manchester by the Sea May 21st 2017 - DETAILS

20th May 2017

In remembrance of Elvis

Too dearly loved to be forgotten - view photo of Evis and Priscilla

16th May 2017

Discovery of an old Lantern Slide from 1898

This 'Lantern Glass Slide' has been uncovered, simply labelled 'Ivy Cottage Sheire 1898' - The magic lantern or laterna magica is an early type of image projector employing painted pictures or photographs on sheets of glass, a lens, and a bright light source. It was mostly developed in the 17th century and commonly used for entertainment purposes. It was increasingly applied to educational purposes during the 1800s and was in wide use around this time. 'Ivy Cottage' has since been renamed (East/West Burdens) and shouldn't be confused with the current, 'Ivy Cottage' in Middle Street.

Click on the above Lantern Slide to reveal a clear view towards the Victorian footbridge, that spanned Upper Street. Huge thanks to Aistair and Melanie for finding this amazing slide.

What is exciting is that our own ' Charles Goodwin Norton' who lived in Anchor Cottage, Upper Street, could well have taken this photograph. Charles is a celebrated pioneer exhibitor and film maker who had been exhibiting films since 1896, was also a celebrated lanternist. I have created a dedicated web page to 'Charles Goodwin Norton', for anyone who may be interested.

The slide has also been posted to the Historic Footbridge webpage

14th May 2017

Remembering Ron Chapman

1936 - 2016

We were at the allotment today and Ron Chapman was in our thoughts - Its been a whole year since we lost a dear man. Our thoughts were full of happy memories, one year on.

7th May 2017

Shere - The Village in TNA, part 4

In our bi-weekly update from The National Archives:
The Village, Middle Street

'Shere, Surrey - The Village' (click on the above photo to view more detail)

'C. Summers and Son' sign on the left - Boot and Shoe Makers...

...and barbers. To the right, the cart in front of The Forge.

Looking towards Vine Cottages with Ivy Cottage and Forrest Stores on the right of Middle Street

The National Archives - Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 4DU

Order number: 1275256 | Catalogue reference: INF 9/607/17

Special thanks to Paul Johnson,
The National Archives Image Library Manager

3rd May 2017

Spring Open Evening

SALV Open Evening: May 2nd 2017

     VISIT the SALV website

30th April 2017

Shere Village Cinema

A Street Cat named Bob - May 2nd 2017

Upcoming, this Tuesday May 2nd:

30th April 2017

NEW Parish magazine out NOW

May 2017 ISSUE - Cover
Cowslips on the North Downs by Amanda McCormick
May 2017 rear cover
Medal for the young chorister Carissa

click images to view

92 pages packed full of local Parish News, includes:
Resurrected Beer & the Spirit
Rebuilding a Palestinian home
Shere Museum's new Gallery opened
Team Leo campaign tops £17,500
Easter alive and well: report and photos

The new 92 page Parish Magazine is OUT NOW

28th April 2017

Prettiest Streets in Surrey

Last week's edition of The Surrey Mirror featured a list of eleven of the prettiest roads, streets and lanes in East Surrey and the Mole Valley. Shere is named as one of those places on the list with the article featuring a photo of 'Manor Cottage' (junction of Middle Street / Upper Street) - READ full article
© Surrey Mirror

23rd April 2017

Shere Village Cinema

I, Daniel Blake - April 23rd 2017

Upcoming, this Sunday April 23rd:

22nd April 2017

Shere - The Village in TNA, part 3

In our bi-weekly update from The National Archives:
Junction of Gomshall Lane / Middle Street

'Shere, Surrey - An Old Corner' (click on the above photo to view more detail)

Vine Cottages on the left, opposite Middle Street...

...Bank Terrace on the right - Note: the Village Hall has yet to be built.

The National Archives - Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 4DU

Order number: 1275256 | Catalogue reference: INF 9/607/2

Special thanks to Paul Johnson,
The National Archives Image Library Manager

14th April 2017

Percy Lloyd - in auction

In 2014, a personal Percy Lloyd album containing 48 original photographs, was sold for £250.00 revealing some interesting 'unseen' photo's of Shere.

'Views of Surrey' (click on the above photo to view larger image and more detail)
James Edward Percy Lloyd (British, 1865-1946) "Views in Surrey," an album containing 48 vintage albumin-print landscapes in and around Albury and Shere, late 19th century, several with credits in the negative; mounted two to a page in a folio album bound in half morocco and cloth.

The Square Lower Street
St. James' St. James' - pre lychgate

(click on the above photo to view larger image and more detail)

7th April 2017

Shere Village Cinema

The Accountant - April 6th 2017

Upcoming, this Sunday April 6th:

6th April 2017

Shere - The Village in TNA, part 2

In our bi-weekly update from The National Archives - Lower Street

'Shere, Surrey - The Village' (click on the above photo to view more detail)
Order number: 1275256
Catalogue reference: INF 9/607/3

Looking towards The Square...

...from Lower Street

The National Archives - Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 4DU

Special thanks to Paul Johnson,
The National Archives Image Library Manager

2nd April 2017

Shere - The Mistaken Village

I attended a 'Postcard' Fair and tucked away at the back were a series of old photographs, all labelled and catagorised by county. Curiosity drew me to 'Surrey' and the 'S' section. Nothing on 'Shere' but a few marked 'Sutton'.

I turned the section marker and 'WOW' our village. Not 'Sutton' but 'Shere'!!! The seller was adamant that it wasn't but once I explained that this was our home, his face lit up. Although pricey, this photo had to return to place it belonged...

...and this place is Middle Street. (click on the photo to for more detail).

Note, the Lady who lived in 'Ivy Cottage' cleaning her windows.

When was the photo taken? Clues are in the photo:

Blacksmith's Forge designed in the early 20th century by the local architect Edwin Lutyens is yet to be built. Bodryn to the right of the photo.

You can see the awening of Mr Jay's (Butcher' Shop and Horse Deliverie)' in the distance (now the Lavender Layde) and beyond, the White Horse. The Old Fire Station on the right (built 1885).

Panning left, across Middle Street, Wellers Coal Yard entrance can be clearly seen. Now Beaufield Mews which was subsequently built in 1910.

I would theirfore estimate that this photo iwas taken around 1899/1900.

Another photo, taken at the same time but from the other end of Middle Street was also marked up as being 'Sutton' - I'll be posting this here soon, so 'Stay-Tuned'.

25th March 2017

NEW Parish magazine out NOW

April 2017 ISSUE - Cover
Welcome to Spring - Flower montage by Jonathan Cross
April 2017 rear cover
Earl of Wessex is GASP's latest royal visitor

click images to view

92 pages packed full of local Parish News, includes:
On pilgrimage: The Rev Sarah Hutton
Our Holy Week & Easter programme
New street party planned for June
Shere School: the next steps

The new 92 page Parish Magazine is OUT NOW

24th March 2017

Shere - The Village in TNA

I can reveal that we have some exciting news. After three months of research and correspondence, this Shere Village website has located nine photo's of Shere Village held within The National Archives in Kew.

A fee has been paid to The National Archives (in addition to each individual photo), allowing these to be displayed on this Shere Village website in perpetuity.

These photo's will be uploaded, once every fortnight, to the photographs section. Lots to look forward to. Starting with the following photo of Middle Street:

'The Village' (click on the above photo to view larger image and more detail)
Order number: 1275256
Catalogue reference: INF 9/607/4

The National Archives - Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 4DU

Special thanks to Paul Johnson,
The National Archives Image Library Manager

15th March 2017

Shere Village Cinema

Victoria March 19th 2017

Upcoming, this Sunday March 19th:
Victoria - DETAILS

14th March 2017

1946 - A Quiet Street view

Follow up to the previous post - 'An English Country Village'
This time a view from the other end of Middle Street, also taken in 1946.
(Photo by Ivan Dmitri/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images).

12th March 2017

1946 - An English Country Village

June 1st 1946 - An early colour photo of Middle Street from American photographer Michael Ochs and was part of his huge collection.
© Credit: Michael Ochs Archives / Stringer

8th March 2017

1895 Parish Magazine

The cover image that first appears on the January 1895 Shere Parish Magazine* has been identified as a painting by celebrated Victorian artist Benjamin Williams Leader. In 1889, Leader purchased Burrows Cross House, Shere where he lived until his dearh in 1926. The house was designed and built by the architect Richard Norman Shaw RA in 1885, for the portrait painter, Frank Holl (see below), as a country retreat and it had only just been completed when Holl died suddenly.

Title: Her First Born 1876 by Frank Holl - View from the Vestry door at St. James', looking towards 'The Square' ( pre-lychgate).

*Parish Magazine: The painting appears on all covers up to and including 1906 (Issues 1907 to 1917 are missing, we cannot speculate as to how many more issues the BW Leader painting was used on the cover.

3rd March 2017

Shere Village Cinema

Upcoming, this Thursday March 2nd:
Bridget Jones's Baby - DETAILS

2nd March 2017

1884 Middle Street - 'Afternoon'

Title: Afternoon - watercolour painting (click on the above photo to view detail)

Painted by James Douglas (b. 28th April 1858 in Dundee)
Date: Summer 1884 - Medium: Watercolour, - Size: 7 inches x 5"
and was exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy in 1885.

This painting shows Middle Street, looking towards Vine Cottage.

Watercolour Painting:
Middle Street in summer 1884
Digital Photograph:
Today, 133 years later in 2017

(click on the above photos to view larger image)

The 1884 painting shows 'Bodryn' (left) and on the right side of the painting, shows the original buildings. The photo shows in comparison, 'Bodryn' but on the right hand side, the now rebuilt building that became 'Forrest Stores' then 'Alldays 'and now the 'co-op'.

Thank you to James Barnes in Scotland for sharing his painting with us. James tells me,
"The painting was exhibited in a special exhibition of watercolours at the Royal Scottish Academy (not the RA) in 1885 together with other works entitled:
(a) Summer - Shere village, Surrey,
(b) Shere Church (also in my possession),
(c) A Surrey Farm and
(d) Springtime in Surrey.
I purchased 'Afternoon' at a sale held by Bonhams in Chelsea in 1994"

James Barnes goes on to explain that James Douglas "was only visiting the area when he produced the drawings of 1884-85. He did return to live in the area in 1901-02 when he lived at Well Cottage, Blackheath, Chilworth. He produced more watercolours of Surrey during this period and exhibited his work in London with the Surrey Art Circle".

James Barnes has been researching the life and work of James Douglas for over 30 years.  He wrote the catalogue produced for the James Douglas Exhibition held in the Perth Museum & Art Gallery in 2002 - MORE DETAILS and published the book:

"James Douglas R.S.W. (1858-1911): A Scottish Watercolourist"
in May 2002

27th February 2017

NEW Parish magazine out NOW

March 2017 ISSUE - Cover
Bishop Jo's historic visit to Shere
March 2017 rear cover
Artist Roz on the road to success

click images to view

88 pages packed full of local Parish News, includes:
Precious gift of water: The Rev Judy Potter
Lent and Holy Week Plans
Peaslake Free School to expand
New hairdresser's for Shere

The new 88 page Parish Magazine is OUT NOW

24th February 2017

St. James' feature - 111 years ago

The Builder - April 14 1906 (click on the above photo to view detail)
This issue has a double-page centrefold showing four views of St. James' Church :
View from South East (top left)
North Jamb of arch at east end of south aisle (top right)
View from West (bottom left)
South arch under tower (bottom right)

The Builder was a weekly magazine which began publication in 1843. It absorbed another journal titled "Architecture". In 1966, the journal ceased publication, and was continued by a journal named "Building".

20th February 2017

Shere Village Cinema

Upcoming, this Sunday February 19th:
Hunt for the Wilderpeople - DETAILS

17th February 2017

Painting - Village Market

Waterolour painting titled 'Village Market, Shere' was sold at auction for $125 at Liveauctioneers

Painted by Lilian Fendig (IN, 1912-1985) - The painting has to be pre 1966 as Dick and Elaine (Collins green grocers - see October 2016 entry) opened their shop that year. Previously it was Grovers, so my guess is that this painting is circa 1950s. Will try and find more information. This painting has been added to the paintings page.

14h February 2017

Milestone - 100,000 page visits

Thank you to everyone from the UK and around the world.

Our Village website, www.sheredelight.com, reached One Hundred Thousand visitors (100,000) on Thursday 9th February 2017. Since the start of this website in July 2011, the vsitor numbers have been accelerating year on year. Less than eighteen months ago (September 2015) the visitor numbers hit the 50,000 mark, so its quite heartning that these numbers have doubled. I get emails from all over the world, asking various questions regarding the village, sending me images of various "Shere" related photo's, sketches, paintings and memorabelia. Its a pleasure to share all this with you.

Google "Shere" and this website ranks top of the list at number 1, with "Shere - Wikipedia" listed second. An amazing achievement considering that we do not advertise or pay for web ranking. Its all due to "web footfall", so thank you to every visitor for your support, 100,000 times. Tristan

9th February 2017

UPDATE - March Edition of the Parish Magazine:

24th February 2017

Orchard House in 1915

Orchard House, Shere - Furnished Apartments - Mrs. A. Madgewick
This is a rare postcard, posted over 100 years ago in 1915, sent by Mrs. Madgewick to confirm meeting and collection at the train station.

Rear postcard - click images to view Close up of adults and children

Orchard House in 1915... ...and as it is today in 2017

Special thank's to Deborah and Ben Ben-Said.

5th February 2017

Shere Village Cinema

Eye in the Sky February 2nd 2017

2nd February 2017

10 of the best Romantic Spots

February 2017 ISSUE - Out Now

Feature: Shere is listed in the Top 10 of the best romantic spots in Surrey, along with Box Hill, Deepdene Trail, Friday Street, The Sculpture Park, Painshill Park, Richmond Hill, Virginia Water, Waverley Abbey and Winkworth Arboretum.

Our village website also gets a mention.

Editor's comment features a photo of St. James' church spire bathed in sunshine (photo © John Miller) on a winters day with the caption 'Shere is just one of Surrey's many romantic spots'

You can view more details on-line or head down to your local newsagents and pick up a copy. Lots of other features from various neighbouring towns/villages such as Cranleigh, Guildford, Puttenham, Ripley and West Horsley.

30th January 2017

NEW Parish magazine out NOW

February 2017 ISSUE - Cover
Detail from one of the stained glass windows at St. James', Shere
February 2017 rear cover
Happy ending in the saga
of Parsley

The new 84 page Parish Magazine is OUT NOW

27th January 2017

Aster's Tea Shop...
...stepping back in time

Aster's Tea Shop with beautiful flowers, hanging baskets and pot displays.

Aster's Tea Shop, Antiques and Gifts

Many of us know the building today as Cuckoo Corner. Roll the time back forty years and this pretty corner shop was known as "Aster's Tea Shop, Antiques and Gifts". Back in the 1980s, organised coach parties would specially come from London to Aster's to view the antiques and enjoy afternoon teas, such was owner Jean Watson's reputation.

Thanks to Jean for sharing the above photo with us. Jean is currently the longest proprieter in the village, with all three businesses having been in Middle Street. (Jean previously owned the tea shop, now named the Dabbling Duck, then Aster's and currently owns 'Shere Antiques' in the 'The Old Bakehouse').

This and other photo's from Jean can be found on the photo's page

26th January 2017


Apple Trees - photo ©Steve Cook, late 2005
This photo of the old cottage named 'Apple Trees", situated between the two pubs "The Prince of Wales" (William Bray) and "The White Horse" pubs. Many thanks to Steve Cook, who took this photo just before the land was cleared.
"The place had stood empty for quite a while after the death of Mr Clover and in this picture is rather overgrown. The garden in its day was one of the highlights of the Shere Open gardens event. The garden was amazing. Mr Clover had someone in to look after it when his wife was taken ill. He was quite a character, my then next door neighbour John Puttock and I were on the emergency call out and many a time we had to go and pick him up after he had slid out of his chair onto the floor.
As far as I can recall the picture would have been taken late 2005 or early 2006. The picture shows a new looking fence that lines the drive up to the car park. There used to be a very high hedge and tree lining to the drive that would have hidden the garden from view"
- Steve

TODAY - The homes built on the land of "Apple Trees" are called "Hop Gardens" - Special thanks Steve for sharing this with us.

1928 view - photo © Francis Frith

same view with 'The Prince Of Wales' in the background...

...before the re-naming to 'The William Bray'.
(click on the photo's above to view more detail)
24th January 2017

Film Set Page update - 1952

Film actress Natasha Parry at Gomshall and Shere railway station
A new film, Crow Hollow, has just come to light with a scene from the 'Gomshall and Shere' rail station platform.

Crow Hollow is a 1952 British Mystery and Suspense film directed by Michael McCarthy and stars Donald Houston and Natasha Parry.

The Film Set page has more information on this 65 year old movie, including a video clip of the scene.


20th January 2017

Mystery solved - High House

High House in 1977 40 years on in 2017

The mystery of the 1977 'Mill House' photo posted last week has been solved! The property is in fact, High House.
(click on the photo's aboveto view more detail).

High House (circa 1630), behind St James church, has been part of the Bray estate for hundreds of years. It was lived in by the Booth family from the 1920s to the 1970s.  Molly Booth then moved to Orchard Cottage, where she lived until her death at the age of 96 in 1996.

Many thanks to Ed and Jonathan Booth for the valuable update

16th January 2017

1970s - '72 and '77 photographs

Photographs taken in the seventees, have been added to the PHOTOS page:

1972 - Bedford OB / Duple bus - Tony McCann Coaches CFV 851 travelling down Gomshall Lane passing Kinghams.

1977 - The Mill House - A series of three photo's taken by a family in Melbourne, Australia during their summer holiday in Shere. The puzzle for me is that I don't recognise the property and wondered if anyone could help? Thanks to Ruth Brand for sharing these photo's with us.

Feeding the ducks St. James'

Ruth plans to travel from Melbourne this summer to re-visit Shere forty years on. "Hoping you have a lovely stay here in our village Ruth, and tht it brings back happy memories of your first stay here".

1950 - 1999 photo's

13th January 2017

Shere Village Cinema

Upcoming, this Sunday January 15th:
The Man Who Knew Infinity - DETAILS

12th January 2017


Gomshall Lane: One of two photo's of Shere village, taken by Sir Henry Cole (creator of the first Christmas card and founder of the Victoria and Albert museum in London) - VIEW MORE

above photo © Victoria and Albert Museum, London all rights reserved

The photographs page is now divided into three sections due to the volume of uploads:

Quick Link to Years:

1850 - 1949 | 1950 - 1999 | 2000 onwards

7th January 2017

Shere Village Cinema

January 5th: Easy Virtue - DETAILS

3rd January 2017

Happy New Year

Wishing You all a very Happy 2017

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to our Village website by sharing photo's, paintings and stories related to Shere.

Also to all visitors to this website - 95,750 in total.
That's 30,000 this year alone.

The postcard above was used to send best wishes for a Happy New year around 1900, some 117 years ago. (click on the photo to view).

Postcards were often used for Christmas / New Years good will messages.

1st January 2017

NEW Parish magazine out NOW

January 2017 ISSUE - Cover
A new dawn and a happy
New Year to all !
January 2017 rear cover
Dawn on the front,
dusk on the back

The new 88 page Parish Magazine is OUT NOW

30th December 2016

Christmas Eve 2016

A marvellous turn out this Christmas (click on the photo to view)

Many thanks to Seb Guettier for sending in the above photo of 'Carols in the Square'.
Seb: "I was visiting my Mum and Sister who live in Farley Green and Chilworth respectively, this Christmas. I was delighted to attend the carol service, and have a couple of drinks in the White Horse afterwards. What a lovely village-y Christmas Eve."

30th December 2016

2016 NEWS

2016 and OLDER NEWS added to the archives.

2016 NEWS

January 2015

Archive News...

For all archive news (2011 to present):

2017 NEWS | 2016 NEWS | 2015 NEWS

2014 NEWS | 2013 NEWS | 2012 NEWS

2011 NEWS

Shere as a Film location

The village has been the home to various film locations,
such as The Wedding Date (Debra Messing & Dermot Mulroney)
Wedding scenes and shots of 'The Square'

Bridgette Jones - The Edge of Reason
(Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Jim Broadbent)

The Holiday
(Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jack Black and Jude Law)
Various village shots

The Ruling Class
1972 (Peter O'Toole, Alastair Sim, Arthur Lowe). Shots of 'The White Horse interior and outside shots of 'The Square'.
WATCH video clip (Inside the pub and outside in The Square).

Hearts of the World
(DW Griffith 1918 silent film) - some location shots. Starring Erich Von Stroheim, D.W. Griffith, Lillian Gish, Noël Coward, Dorothy Gish, Robert Anderson, Robert Harron, Billy Bitzer, William "Wild Bill" Elliott and features David Lloyd George.

A Matter of Life and Death
Shere was used as Dr. Reeve's village in the 1946 film
(David Niven and Kim Hunter) but seen very briefly through camera obscura that if you blink you would miss it.

The Earth Dies Screaming Shere was the location for the 1965 science fiction film which was mainly filmed around 'The Square' - see the newly planted Oak Tree below



Many more Hollywood films and actors, including two ex-James Bond actors - Sir Roger Moore and Sir Sean Connery as well as notable actors: Sir Michael Caine, Julie Walters, Debra Messing, Dermot Mulroney, Jude Law, Jack Black, Kate Winslet, Camron Diaz, Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Jim Broadbent, Michael Winner (Director), Michael Kitchen, Edward Fox, Robert Hardy, Robert Mitchum, Deborah Kerr, Peter O'Toole, Alastair Sim, William Mervyn, Coral Browne, Harry Andrews, Carolyn Seymour, James Villiers and Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier, Stanley Holloway, Alfred Lynch, Cecil Parker, Wilfrid Hyde White, Kathleen Harrison, Eleanor Summerfield,, Eric Barker, Victor Maddern, Barbara Windsor, David Niven, Kim Hunter, Lillian Gish, Dorothy Gish, Noel Coward, Diana Rigg, Harry Hill, Simon Day, David Mitchell, Ben Miller, Emily Watson, Tom Cruise, Russell Crowe, Natasha Parry - View the FILM page for more

See the FILM page

Access by Bus and Rail

The nearest train stations to Shere are:
Gomshall train station (0.9 miles)
Chilworth train station (2.7 miles)
Clandon train station (4.3 miles)

Gomshall station was previously known as Gomshall & Shere, as it also serves the adjacent village of Shere.
It has been an unmanned station since 1967.

There are buses from the village that run every half that stops at
'The Compasses Pub' in Gomshall - This takes 3 minutes according
to the time table and means that you only walk 0.2 mile from there to
the train station  
- so a max time of a 5 minute walk - Total time is 8 minutes from
Shere to the station by bus/foot.


by train - National RAIL WEBSITE times:

Gomshall to London Waterloo - Total time = 58 minutes

with 1 change at Guildford

Gomshall to Guildford = 15min
Waiting time between trains = 9min
Guildford to - London Waterloo = 34min
TOTAL: 58 minutes

ALTERNATIVELY - Gomshall to London Bridge
- Total time = 69 minutes

with 1 change (Redhill)

Gomshall to Redhill = 21min
Waiting time between trains = 12min
Redhill to - London Bridge = 36min
TOTAL: 69 minutes

Seems that Train travel is rising, heading for twice the amount of passengers in the past ten years. Annual rail passenger usage*:
(Clandon figures compared as its a direct line to London)
1997/98: 17,780. (Clandon 142,780)
1998/99: 20,269. (Clandon 147,359)
1999/00: 26,484. (Clandon 155,727)
2000/01: 26,992. (Clandon 151,730)
2001/02: 25,660. (Clandon 140,098)
2002/03: 26,245. (Clandon 140,085)
2003/04: No data available
2004/05: 27,136. (Clandon 149,556)
2005/06: 28,968. (Clandon 141,921)
2006/07: 28,999. (Clandon 152,813)
2007/08: 32,978. (Clandon 178,203)
2008/09: 39,770. (Clandon 185,630)
2009/10: 41,040. (Clandon 177,902)
2010/11: 46,628. (Clandon 188,300)
2011/12: 50,736. (Clandon 186,530)
2012/13: 59,290. (Clandon 187,258) - Gomshall continues high growth (exceeds double figures over the last 10 years)
2013/14: 59,226. (Clandon 202,062) - Gomshall: Numbers stabalised.
2014/15: 58,430. (Clandon 216,602) - Gomshall: Numbers down.
2015/16: 56,806. (Clandon 222,396) - Gomshall: Numbers dropping.
2016/17: 58,228. (Clandon 222,750) - Gomshall: Numbers increased.

* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Gomshall from
Office of Rail Regulation statistics

Gomshall and Shere Railway station - 24th July 1937

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